The 4th instalment of cs_summit is set to take place in Los Angeles, at Summit House, where we will get to see six teams competing for the lion's share of a $150,000 prize pool from May 23rd until May 26th.
Beyond the Summit announced the 4th instalment of cs_summit to take place at the end of May, at the well-known venue, the Summit House in Los Angeles, which was the venue of the first three cs_summit tournaments. While it will be played at the same place as all previous tournaments, cs_summit 4 will feature only six teams instead of traditional eight.
This year, the cs_summit will feature; ENCE, Team Liquid (cs_summit 2 champions), Renegades, Team Vitality, Ghost Gaming and NRG (cs_summit 3 champions).
The format of the tournament in previous cs_summit featured a double- elimination Bo3 series and Bo5 Finals. Additionally, the tournament gave a team that would reach the finals from the upper bracket a map advantage in the finals. The cs_summit 4, however, did not release any information regarding their format yet. Nonetheless, we can speculate how the format will look like from the previous tournaments.
Much like in previous three cs_summit tournaments, the teams will start off in a playoff stage which will be held in the double-elimination bracket. Matches, just like previous tournaments are expected to be Bo3, with the exception of finals which will be Bo5. While the format remains a mystery, it won't have as big of an effect on the outcome as it may seem. That is of course, as long as the matches are played in Bo3, which we can be almost certain they will.
While we wait for the official announcements of the format that will be used in cs_summit 4, let's take a look at the teams who will participate at the cs_summit 4 and of course most importantly, which of the six are our favourites to go all the way and take home the largest piece of the pie.
Looking at the outright odds, Team Liquid are considered favourites priced at $3.00 to win the trophy, which is in my opinion fair, as they are the best team in the tournament and definitely in great form.
Renegades on the other side, are coming from a disappointing tournament in their own country, IEM Sydney 2019, where they barely managed to win one match against MVP PK (16-13), while losing other two Bo3 matches against Ninjas in Pyjamas and mousesports. They are priced at $6.00, which, to be fair, underrates them a bit. I am confident saying they can defeat any team in the tournament, but if their star player Justin “jks” Savage fails to perform, they collapse in an instant.
Team Vitality are currently the best French team with an amazing AWP player Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut in their ranks, who is able to carry his team through almost anything. While he is good on his own, he can’t do it all by himself. ZywOo gets occasional help from Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, however, that is not enough. If we won’t see other teammates step up and perform, I just can’t see them defeating ENCE, NRG and definitely not Team Liquid. If however all players step up and perform, Team Vitality could be interesting to watch.
We will keep it short for Ghost Gaming. They are the weakest team in the tournament and I would be very surprised if they manage to pick up a single win. That is basically all we need to know about them.
And lastly ENCE, a team around which there is a lot of hype, as they were able to beat the number one team Astralis in a BO3 in the finals of BLAST Pro Series Madrid 2019. It is worth noting that Astralis were not playing any serious matches for about three months and were quite rusty. While we must give some credit to ENCE for winning, we must also mention Astralis were not themselves in that match. I am confident saying that if these two teams would face a couple of months ago, ENCE would stand no chance.
Although these cs_summit events are considered as a more “relaxed” type of a tournament, I am sure Team Liquid will be playing to win it all. They are coming from tournament win at IEM Sydney, which just might gave them enough morale boost to keep them going. As we speculated, and are confident will be the case, all of the matches will be played in a Bo3 format, which minimises chances of an upset. With that in mind, we can’t let the chance to bet on Team Liquid. This is a must bet.
Bet on Liquid to deliver!
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